Our Team: Leadership & Staff

Valerie Minnich, PhD, LPC, NCC, CAADC

Clinical Director of TeenHope

Valerie Minnich is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Pennsylvania and is nationally certified, as well as holding certifications as an advanced alcohol and drug counselor. Valerie has worked at Samaritan since December 2020 and currently serves as the clinical director for TeenHope. In this role, she handles all clinical aspects of the program, as well as implementation, and continues to oversee research and development for the TeenHope program. Valerie graduated from Grand Canyon University in 2018 with a master’s degree in professional counseling and an emphasis in marriage and family counseling. She is currently a doctoral candidate with her dissertation study is on millennial faculty, which examines if self-efficacy (in select teaching competencies) predicts job satisfaction in this faculty population, like the previous generations before them. Valerie also has 4 years of clinical experience with co-occurring mental health and substance use. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her young family, including three girls ages 6, 4, and 2, and a baby boy arriving later this summer. Together they explore nature, cook, bake, read, and enjoy their 2 dogs. When not in a global pandemic, they also host multiple friend and family gatherings throughout the year and enjoys many church activities.



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Upcoming Programs & Events

Change Through Compassion Teen WorkshopFebruary 25 - April 15

Learn research-based mindfulness practices in this virtual workshop.

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Clergy Spouse Support – Free Program OverviewMarch 4 - March 4

Explore programs to support the well-being of those on whom clergy rely the most — their spouses

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Small Business Operations and Human Resources WorkshopMarch 30 - April 20

Scale your business, review human resources, and engage with real-life scenarios.

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